New Media


I recently discovered the MIT podcast archive which is well worth browsing and listening to while working in the studio. The program is cast monthly  and usually contains an interview with one of their authors.

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Last night was a stimulating evening in Second Life as, the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), hosted an in-world forum with Paris-based artist and architect Brad Kligerman. The event was moderated by ABC’s Sunday Arts reporter/producer Fenella Kernebone

The event went off generally well. I always approach these ‘firsts’ knowing that since the technology is new the whole thing may just fall in a heap! Well I am pleased to say that as Brad presented his work and discussed his ideas the technology did not fail. (There were a few problems with some slides but that was it)

My problem was that my sound kept dropping in and out or was of such bad quality that I could barely make out what was being said. It was incredibly frustrating to be listening to some key concept to have the sound disappear on me! Brad, is an architect and teacher, who is one of the first artists in Second Life to complete an in-world 11-week residency with US-based Ars Virtua, where he questioned the concept of materiality in the rendered environment in other words the nature of residence, residency and representation. It was a frustratingly interesting talk. We were told a vodcast of the event will also be available on the ABC Sunday Arts website but I hope a transcript will be published somewhere soon!

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A few weeks ago I mentioned I was like a hyperactive kid bounding from one 3D representation to another of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings in Virtual Starry Night. A couple of more paintings are now in 3D form in Second Life so my avatar paid a visit last night. I get a real kick out of wandering about inside the paintings as there is an unexpected sense of presence in Second Life that people do not understand unless they have tried it. As a newbie to this world I am still thinking through many of the issues but I sure am enjoying myself!

The SLURL for Virtual Starry Night is http://slurl.com/secondlife/luctesa/113/201/66

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On 12 July, the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), will host its first ever artist in-world forum in Second Life . The event will be moderated by ABC’s Sunday Arts reporter/producer Fenella Kernebone and takes place at 7pm (EST) on ABC Island. You need to register to attend. To register email slrsvp@ozco.gov.au with your Second Life in-world name.

Paris-based artist and architect Brad Kligerman will present his work, discuss ideas and answer participants’ questions. Brad, is an architect and teacher, who is one of the first artists in Second Life to complete an in-world 11-week residency with US-based Ars Virtua, where he questioned the idea of materiality in the rendered environment and the nature of image.

A vodcast of the event will also be available on the ABC Sunday Arts website.

The Australia Council has also set up an artist’s forum in Second Life for artists looking for other artists with whom to collaborate. The moderated artists forum can be found at ABC Island and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Island.

The Australian Council for the Arts is offering an artistic residency and grant of up to $20,000 to collaborative artists to create a project in Second Life . It is open to Australian artists who are interested in developing their ideas in this virtual world. Applications close on 27 July 2007. Details are on the Australian Council for the Arts in the Inter-Arts: Grants: Second Life Artist Residency section of the site.

The Second Life artist residency is an initiative of the Literature Board, Music Board and Inter-Arts Office of the Australia Council.
The residency is ‘in-world’ and requires artists and writers to explore the possibilities of inter-disciplinary literary, music/sound art and digital visual media practices.
The successful team will develop new artistic in-world practices and comment on the social and cultural layers that have evolved in Second Life.
Key requirements of the project are a clear strategy for harnessing both in-world and ‘real life’ audiences and developing public exhibition opportunities for the artwork in Australia.

This guy is using tables in html to draw an image. Not the way html is supposed to be used but crazy, quirky and amusing in a geeky sort of way.

Recently G Riedelbauch of virtualterritory pointed ot a really interesting interface design. The BumpTop 3D Desktop . While some might cringe at the idea of sorting documents as you would on a real desktop I like the idea as users are not asked to adapt their working processes to the technology but the technology is shaped to the user, In other words how humans already think and work.

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I have been having fun with textorizer. It is an online image generator which takes an image and creates an image out of text. To use it you simply type in the URL of an image you have online (like one in your flickr account) and add some words in the text box and an image is from the text is generated.

I added a lot more strokes (2000) and set the threshold at 10 to generate the image above from this one.

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There is a flicker textorized group which shares their image results

I think this type of image could be further developed and enhanced if taken into Photoshop and worked further. In the image below removed the white background and I changed the layer blend mode and that was all.

Below is a sample in which I used a small, low resolution image, picked at random from my flickr account. It is possibly not the best example to demonstrate the idea but I am sure if I used a larger image with greater contrast I would get better results. So I have made a mental note to ‘play’ with this online tool further as it could produce some interesting combinations of image and typography. It’s just a pity I could not play with the fonts too!

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